Since I was a boy, I avidly read and absorbed all the books, movies, and stories about World War II I could get my hands on. Because of my enthusiasm for the causes, history, events, and its significance to our world and society, I can say with some modesty that I have accumulated a substantial body of knowledge on the subject. Although it may not be the most reliable indicator of my World War II expertise, I correctly answer without fail every question about World War II posed on television quiz shows such as “Jeopardy”, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” and “Hollywood Squares.” Therefore, I consider myself a “gifted amateur” when it comes to many details about World War II. After I retired from IBM in 1992, my enthusiasm for all topics about World War II turned into a more constructive activity by writing books about the war. My main reason was because of how that cataclysm permanently changed everyone’s life in our world.
I wrote my first book with the title Afternoon of the Rising Sun: The Battle of Leyte Gulf that Presidio Press published in October 2001. Although the book is out of print now and only available in the used book market, I learned much what it takes to write a book.
I have finished my second book. Its title is Morning of the Rising Sun: The Heroic Story of the Battles for Guadalcanal and is now available for purchase at retailers such as Amazon.com. You can purchase autographed copies of my book on this web site by clicking here.
My long term objective is to write a series of books about naval warfare during World War II in the Pacific and then attempt a novel. Since retiring from IBM more than fifteen years ago, I believe I have found a new vocation as a writer. I find the activity thought provoking and, in the long term, satisfying.
I am a widower and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. All my children are grown, and I am a proud grandparent.
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I wrote an article about the subject of my first book, the Battle of Leyte Gulf. If you wish to read another sample of my writing by downloading the PDF file, click here.
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Kenneth I. Friedman, Ph.D